TV preview: Alan Partridge: Why, When, Where, How, Whom

It has been a quarter of a century since a little-known sports reporter was given his own radio chat show by the BBC.

PRIDE OF NORFOLK: Steve Coogan is bringing Alan Partridge back to the BBC.

Two radio series, five TV series, four specials, two books and one movie later, Alan Partridge has an unrivalled place in the comedy pantheon.

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To celebrate Alan’s return to his rightful home at the BBC in 2018, this retrospective documentary will look back at his journey from broadcaster caricature to the award-winning study of complexity and pathos that he has become.

We will hear from the man behind the man himself, Steve Coogan, as well as the acclaimed team that created him 25 years ago. Through interviews with the likes of Armando Iannucci and a wealth of never-before-seen archive footage, including improv sessions, rehearsals and unseen outtakes, a light will be shone on the genesis of the character.

Alan Partridge: Why, When, Where, How, Whom, BBC2, Wednesday, 9pm